April 26, 1996

Softball off to best start in three years

Cobbers 8-3 in MIAC after five straight wins

by Colin Beltz

The Concordia Softball Team is on a roll after winning their fifth straight MIAC game Sunday afternoon by completing a two-game sweep of St. Benedict‚s 7-2 and 6-4.

 The Cobbers won the first game behind the strong pitching and hitting of senior Stacey Hoien.

 She went 3-for-4 in the first game and was 2-for-3 in the second game.

 On the mound, Hoien pitched both games, earning her eighth and ninth wins of the year.

 She has an earned-run average of 1.38, fifth best in the MIAC.

 In the first game, Concordia jumped ahead with a run in the second inning and two more in the third.

 They added two insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings in their win. They banged out 12 hits in the game. Senior Amy Donahue hit her first career home run in the game, and senior Tracy Sparby went 3-for-3.

 The day before, the Cobbers bombed Carleton by winning easily in both games 15-1 and 12-2.

 Sparby connected on the first home run of her career as she went 3-for-4 on the day and collected five runs batted in.

 The second game brought more of the same explosion on offense.

 The Cobbers broke the game open in the first three innings as they scored three times in the first inning, four more in the second and added another run to put the game away early.

 Sophomore Julie Campion cruised to the win, giving up two runs on just four hits.

 She improved her record to 2-1 on the year.

 Concordia embarked on a four-day road trip which began Thursday at Macalester.

Today they are at St. Mary‚s, Saturday at St. Olaf and Sunday they will be at Gustavus. They return home for Tuesday‚s regular season finale with Hamline.

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